Yet another week and the sports world many instances to offer across all the three aspects. From Rafael Nadal’s frustratingly domineering continuity at Roland Garros, to India’s brilliant Intercontinental Cup win, to the rise of underdogs in world cricket, we bring you the good, bad and the ugly.
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In a sport as dominated as cricket by the chosen few, every underdog victory is encouraging. Afghanistan gave Bangladesh a reality as they completed a 3-0 whitewash of the T20I series. The series had everything - Rashid Khan’s brilliance, Afghanistan’s collective display
At a time when BCCI has been encouraged to take advanced steps towards for Women cricket, especially after their decent World Cup heroics last year, the Indian eves went down to a shameful defeat against Bangladesh Women side in the Women’s Asia Cup final. Prior to this, Harmanpreet Kaur-led team were also beaten by the same team in the group stages, which was their first Asia Cup defeat. None could have thought it would be repeated in the final again, and now the likes of Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj need to take a hard look at themselves ahead of the World Cup T20 later this year.
The next instance of something bad happening in
All Sachin Tendulkar fans were greeted with the great news of his son Arjun Tendulkar making it to the India U-19 squad for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour. However, no sooner had the compliments started coming in than the twitter was flooded with negative posts with the nepotism comments. While many pointed out that Arjun, who is primarily a left-arm seamer, was part of Mumbai’s Under-19 squad last year during the Cooch Behar Trophy, managing to take 19 wickets, others came up with names like Himachal Pradesh's Ayush Jamwal’s, who had secured 50 wickets but got ignored, or Tipendra Gada, who ended GPL as the highest run scorer but wasn’t selected. We hope Arjun keeps all these distractions out of the way and focus on his game.
Another shameful incident that took place on Sunday was Rahul Aware’s absence from the trials of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) ahead of the Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games. The boycott of the event was basically against the partial decision taken by the federation towards grapplers Sushil Kumar and Bajrang Punia as they were exempted from appearing for trials. They got direct entry to the Asiad organizers. The CWG gold medalist was furious with the treatment meted out to him.
“I thought that the exception will be made in my case. But I was shocked to learn about the WFI’s biased approach. Since 2014, I have defeated Amit twice during the Rio Olympics and CWG qualifiers. I have even defeated Sandeep on a couple of occasions during trials. I will approach the higher authorities,” Aware said.
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